WITH woollie weather predicted this weekend, anglers may best be advised to find cover out of the southerly and target the estuaries.
Bream have started to heat up in Nelson Bay, according to James Moss, from Tackleworld Port Stephens.
‘‘Brent [‘Hammer’ Hancock] went out for a fish during the week and got well over 20 fish, all over 30cm,’’ Mossy said yesterday.
‘‘Soldiers Point – up around the oysters, fishing the rock walls – has been hot.’’
Luderick lovers have awakened from hibernation, assembling in numbers along the marina breakwall, the anchorage and other accessible waterfront areas to wield the weed.
Drummer have been going off along the rocks for nearly two months and there’s no sign of them slowing down.
‘‘A lot of the old fellas have been getting into them,’’ Mossy reported.
Good schools of longtail tuna have been moving along the coast.
Fish upwards of 20kg have been the norm, although getting to them through the mountains of bonito has been a problem.
‘‘You’ve gotta get lucky with the day,’’ Mossy said.
‘‘We went out last Saturday and got harassed by monster bonito. Fish up to 3kg. It’s very frustrating.’’
Mossy reported one customer this week got smoked by longtail half a dozen times off Boat Harbour cubing for snapper in his tinnie.
Anglers have had to work hard for snapper but they are certainly about off Broughton Island and inside the bay.
‘‘There’s cracking mullet everywhere,’’ Mossy said.
‘‘The pros are smacking them and the size is immense.
‘‘They’ve [the pros] been at Fingal Bay the past week every day and not making much of a dent.
‘‘You get a lot of tailor and salmon hanging with them, too, which keeps the beach anglers happy.
‘‘The tailor have been getting inside, too.
‘‘Guys up Soldiers Point way reckon they’ve been targeting bream in the shallows and getting tailor.’’
The two bridges at Karuah and the hole on the west-south-west side of Soldiers Point have produced school jew up to 6kg.
Pick a species
REECE Millard, from Fishermans Warehouse, reports Wangi Wangi has been the place to be for bream and trevally.
‘‘A mate got 18 there the other day and another bloke hooked a 4kg trevally,’’ Reece said.
‘‘There’s been a few jew about and some nice meaty crabs out of Kilaben Bay.
‘‘Anglers have been getting flathead in the warmer water of the runout tide around Pulbah Island.
‘‘There’s still big tailor around Coal Point and the dropover.
‘‘Luderick are going pretty good, too, down around Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay.
‘‘The mullet tried to shoot out of the lake this week but turned back, so there’s still big mullet about, too.’’
Outside, Reece reports anglers have been getting jew up to 8kg and miles of bonito.
GREG Hayman, from Tailermade Fishing Adventures, reckons now is the time to target trout.
‘‘The river closure kicks in after the June long weekend so we’ve got this month and next,’’ Greg said yesterday on the road up to South West Rocks.
‘‘We had a club event at Lithgow last weekend and I tell you, the dams are full, the rivers are full, and the fish – rainbows and browns – are very healthy.
‘‘Brown trout are spawning at the moment.
‘‘A couple of mates were down at Lake Eucumbene last week and reckon it’s the same story.’’
CLOSER to home, Greg is hoping Lake St Clair will fire up for bass in the next couple of weeks once the cooler weather kicks in.
‘‘Water temps are still at summer levels, so the fish aren’t venturing out,’’ Gregsaid
‘‘It’s only my theory, but with the lake, the better time to fish is when the water is cooler – the bass come in and swim around shore all day long.
‘‘In summer, the temps are up and the fish only come out early morning and late afternoon, the rest of the time they go hide
‘‘Plus in winter months, the rivers are closed but the dams aren’t, so you can fish all day.’’
Good day for Griffiths
JETS striker Ryan Griffiths had reason to celebrate last Tuesday judging by this tweet:
‘‘Great day! Stockton beach 4 wheel driving 10 tailor 5 salmon, painted walls and jets are alive!’’ @RyuGriff
May 1, for those who haven’t been following the saga that is the A-League, was the day Nathan Tinkler announced he was going to stick by the Jets, therefore guaranteeing Griffiths and all his teammates a job next season.
Local lads done good
PETER McCredie caught a 53cm flathead in Kilaben Bay last Friday.
Meanwhile, Bellbird angler Bradley Walters caught a 4kg trevally at Wangi caravan park jetty.